Prayer for Hope
…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,… Ephesians 1:18-19
Recently, a sweet, Jesus-loving sister shared with me her heartache over her futile attempts to lose weight. As we spoke, her eyes followed her chin right down to the ground as she became visibly downcast. “Gracie,” she said, “I just don’t think I can ever shake this weight. It’s a burden I’ve carried all of my life and seems I’ll haul it around until I die.”
Now that sure did make me sorrowful. Her defeated spirit broke my heart. So I pulled out the Good Book and prayed some of Brother Paul’s letter to the Ephesians over her:
Heavenly Father, Give my sweet sister your Spirit of truth, wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of You. May the eyes of her heart be enlightened that she might know what is the hope to which You have called her. May she get a glimpse of Your immeasurable power toward her as a believer. Protect her, Lord, from Satan’s demeaning, debilitating lies. He wants to steal her joy and her dreams. Give her the courage to release this burden to You; to cast all her cares on You, that she might live life abundantly.
We love you, Jesus.
Do you know someone who is feeling defeated in the physical realm? Then call them up right now and pray this little prayer over them. The Word is sharper than any two-edged sword, and defeats the devil. Brother James reminds us that the fervent prayer of a righteous woman accomplishes much. And don’t forget Daniebelle Hall’s powerful song for rebuking Satan!